Veritas Christian Study Abroad in Florianopolis, Brazil

Recognized worldwide for its soccer stars, samba, and beautiful beaches, Brazil has emerged as a political and economic leader in Latin America. Brazil encompasses one-half of South America's land area, is home to one-half of South America's total population, and is the world's third-largest democracy. As a nation of contrast, diversity, and rich cultural heritage, Brazil offers a study abroad experience unlike any other. Known for their warm and welcoming nature, Brazilians are experts in enjoying life to the fullest and celebrating the diverse influences that shape their history and culture.

Around 40% of the world's Catholics live in the region, with Brazil being the world's most populous Catholic country--65% say they are faithful to Rome.  The country is seeing an increase of Protestant churches particularly among the poorer segments, though many of the young Brazilians say that they follow no organized religion.

Students participating in the Veritas in Florianopolis, Brazil program will attend Universidad do Sul de Santa Catarina (UNISUL). UNISUL is recognized by The Ministry of Education, Brazil (Ministério da Educação, Brazil). 


Universidad do Sul de Santa Catarina (UNISUL)

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Language requirement: NONE (open to all levels)

Program Highlights

Academic Overview

Semester Programs (Spring, Fall & Academic Year)

Students are required to maintain full-time student status during their programs, including:

  • One Veritas course: Religion & Culture required
    • (45 contact hours/3 semester credits; taught by Veritas professor)
  • International Missions/Service-Learning Practicum required
    • (1-3 semester credits; facilitated by Veritas Mission Mentor)
  • Other courses at the UNISUL to maintain full-time student status

Summer Programs

Students will enroll in the following:

  • Two courses at the UNISUL required
  • International Missions/Service-Learning Practicum required
    • (1 semester credit; facilitated by Veritas Mission Mentor)

Language Level Placement

All students will take a placement exam upon arrival to determine language proficiency level. Exam results may determine eligibility for course enrollment. Students who arrive having completed the following number of semesters/quarters of college-level Portuguese, or the equivalent, typically place into the corresponding language level:

Semesters Quarters Language Level
0-1 0-2 Beginning
2-3 3-5 Intermediate
4-5 6-8 Advanced
6+ 9+ Superior


Academic Credit

Credits earned may vary according to the policies of the student's home institution. For visa regulations, and according to Veritas Christian Study Abroad policy, students must maintain full-time enrollment status for the duration of the program as determined by their home institution.



Students may be required to obtain a student visa and should inquire with the corresponding consulate.